Fans miss Roger Federer. The former world number 1 made tennis history and everyone hopes that he will be able to end his legendary career with dignity. The Swiss phenomenon has played very little in the last two seasons, having been limited by a serious right knee problem.
Suffice it to say that the King played only 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins and four losses. Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics were his main goals, but things didn't go as he hoped. After the clear defeat at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz at the Championships, the 40-year-old from Basel has made the decision to have his knee operated on again.
Barring further unforeseen circumstances, we will have to wait for the Laver Cup to see him in action again. The lavish performance will be staged at London's O2 Arena from 23-25 ââSeptember.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will also participate in the ATP in Basel, which returned to the calendar after the last two editions had been canceled due to the pandemic. During a recent interview with 'Corriere della Sera', Matteo Berrettini expressed his opinion on Roger's future.
Berrettini reflects on King Roger
It's no secret that Matteo Berrettini is an absolute fan of Roger Federer. And when the journalist from Corriere Della Sera asked him if the Swiss's disappearance from the ATP rankings after Wimbledon marked the end of an era, the Italian insisted on taking his defense directly.
"I do not know. In the past, it has happened that Roger returns after a long break by performing miracles. What do you want to tell Federer? In August, he will be 41, he has won everything. What's the harm if, in his own way, he still wants to enjoy tennis a bit?" Tennis is a game of on-court rivalries.
One of the most prominent ones in the sport is the all-time classic rivalry of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Having its roots back in 2004, the two have faced each other 40 times. Recently, taking time out from his training schedule, Roig indulged in a conversation with ATP.
“There is no choice but to be aggressive at certain times, and that helps him. Against Federer he was too conservative last time, in 2019,” he started. Opening up about his advice to Nadal prior to facing Federer, Roig said, “I told him ‘If Federer hits four flat backhands at you in a row we won’t win, but if you make him cut the ball… you have a chance of winning”.